Reflecting on the First Quarter of School

As it being a new year, I am taking the time to reflect on last year, and I am amazed at how God has been changing my life! If you were to tell me at the beginning of 2017 that by 2018 I would be living in California, I would have not believed you. So…

Tips for Surgery Rotation

I made it through surgery (praise God!) and am nearly halfway through my pediatrics rotation. Surgery was an exhausting 10-week ride, but it was one filled with unforgettable experiences. Here are a few things I learned: Get a reliable alarm clock. My phone, usually a trusty tool, failed TWICE at waking me up. On those…

Time for my patients

I began my internal medicine rotation just a couple days before shift change for the interns and residents. Our team had a very sick young man who had been in the hospital for 30+ days with acute exacerbation of leukemia. He was mentally aware of everything that was going on and was bravely trying to…

A Week of Nights on Trauma Surgery

Finishing up psychiatry and neurology rotations, I dreaded the thought of surgery rotation. I was scared of my future attending physicians, who I imagined to breathe fire and consume all who answered their questions incorrectly as was dramatized in med student folklore. And I was scared of early mornings and long days – 12, 16,…

Mile 22

Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for running. Early on in my running career, I realized I was not always the fastest, but I did learn that I had a well-established base of endurance that allowed me to run for miles and miles. During my senior year of college, I decided…